Challenging, panoramic high-altitude trail with impressive high-mountain scenery throughout from Villabassa in the Puster Valley to Longarone in the Italian province of Belluno.
Distance 104.6 km
The Dolomites High-Altitude Trail No. 3, like trails 1, 4 and 5, represents a crossing of the eastern Dolomites. However, the crossing takes place next to the eastern main ridge, so that large differences in altitude must be expected between the individual stages. Ten days should be expected for the ascent of the "Way of the Chamois". The high-altitude route places high demands on its walkers - this includes very good orientation skills, but also a high degree of strength, endurance and surefootedness. Some of the high-altitude trail has exposed via ferratas and free climbing passages (up to level II difficulty). Special features of the High Altitude Trail No. 3 are its contrast between the lonely mountain world and the hustle and bustle of the tourist destinations, as well as the often appearing evidence of the First World War. The trail crosses or touches the characteristically quite different Dolomite groups such as the Braies Dolomites, Sorapiss Group, Marmarole, Pelmo-Rite and Bosconero Group.
There are numerous comprehensive panoramic views, e.g. from the Rifugio San Marco, from the Forcella Deona or from the Forcella de la Toanella.
- The high-altitude trail can only be recommended to persevering mountaineers with sufficient alpine experience and climbing skills in secured and free terrain (up to difficulty level II). Absolute sure-footedness and freedom from vertigo as well as orientation skills are required!
- There is a risk of falling rocks on steep mountain flanks and secured climbs!
- Be careful after prolonged rainfall, with residual snow and icing in early summer, as well as during fog and thunderstorms!
- A solo ascent is not advised.
Tips and hintsBefore the hike, find out about the current conditions on the Pioneer Trail (Monte Piana) (partly closed due to danger of falling rocks)!
Getting thereVia the Brenner motorway A22 (toll) to the exit Brixen/Vahrn (Pustertal), then on the state road (SS49-E66) further into Hochpustertal.
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EquipmentTrekking rucksack (approx. 50 litres) with rain cover, sturdy and comfortable shoes, if necessary a change of shoes, weatherproof and hard-wearing clothing in multiple layers, a change of clothes, telescopic poles, KS set, rockfall helmet, rope, ice axe, crampons, sun and rain protection, provisions and drinking water, first aid kit, pocket knife, mobile phone, headlamp, maps, travel documents, toilet bag and travel towel, hand washing powder and clothesline, if necessary. Camping equipment (tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, cooking equipment), if necessary hut equipment.
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